There could be few more suitable venues for hosting a travel presentation than the historic Blatchford Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park and so it was with interested I learned the hangar’s  roots trace all the way back to Edmonton’s pioneering years in aviation history which began barely a decade after the Wright Brothers took flight.

The building is a reconstruction of the aircraft hangar at the the first licensed ‘air harbour’ in Canada named in honour of one of its biggest proponents, Edmonton Mayor Kenneth Blatchford. The original hangar was officially opened on January 8, 1927 and saw the city grow up around it before its demolition in 1979.

The modern, multi-purpose space may be rented for conferences, fund raisers, social gatherings and weddings with room for 200 –  600 guests depending upon configuration and equipment.

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An outdoor picnic site is also available as part of the facility rental and the immense sliding hangar doors open complete for an indoor/outdoor event.

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Fort Edmonton Park is nestled on 64 hectares (158 acres) of wooded parkland along Edmonton’s River Valley. What began as a Canada Centennial project in 1967 to reconstruct the old Fort Edmonton, quickly grew to encompass much more after construction began in 1969 and now includes the 1846 Hudson’s Bay Fort as well as the Streets of 1885, 1905, and 1920, depicting the evolution of Edmonton’s early history. The city owned attraction celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in the Summer of 2019 but inexplicably opted to close its doors to the public during its special anniversary year and for all of 2020 to complete a $165-million dollar upgrade project aimed at turning the local facility into Western Canada’s biggest cultural attraction. There’s more on that project here.

Fort Edmonton Park Maps